It's Saturday August 6th, 2022. This morning I was dreaming about working on rebuilding the front of an old dilapidated stone front building. The window openings were too low to meet code, stones had fallen out of the front and were no where to be found so repairing the thing back to it's original appearance was going to be tough. Several of us were working on it, all with different ideas about what to do.
IT'S 10:30! Somebody yelled it's 10:30! I woke up with a start!! (and I really don't do well waking up abruptly). It took me a few seconds to react then I said OH NO! It can't be that late. Why didn't someone wake me? Then I saw the clock on the bedroom wall and it said 7:30. Brother!
That was the beginning of a morning where I just couldn't get it together. I wasn't in a particularly bad mood.....just a mood. But it wasn't good. I just felt out of sorts. I didn't want to feel like I did. I wasn't having good thoughts. Ever have a morning(s) like that? You just have to fight thru it.
What I found myself doing was replacing ME with THEM. That was the start. I have one friend who just lost his older brother. I was going to call him but I knew if it was Saturday and before 9am he wouldn't be up. So I called another friend. He's worried about prostrate cancer. He answered. So I asked what he was doing....nothing special.......and I asked him about going to breakfast. We did.
He lives about 35 miles from me so I had some drive time. The thing that really made all the difference was I looked up the Bible studies Pastor Spell has on YouTube and I picked one. And I listened to it all the way to my friends house. It really brought me back to center. It got my mind back on God, where it needed to be. There's a song we sing for Church that goes "I woke up this morning with my mind stayed on Jesus". Today I didn't and it hurt me.
What I'm trying to convey here is that there are so many things that can happen to us to pull us off center. Get's us out of focus. And it hurts us. We get sad, or scared, or worried, or....we grouch at our family members or co-workers. The devil likes us that way. When we're making bad decisions or feeling bad that's just how he wants us. BUT.......if you open your Bible and read, or you watch a past Church service, or you pray, or you get together with someone you can openly have a God discussion with.......do that. Occupy your time with God. Don't leave a spare minute for the devil to poke his head in.
I'm 67 years old this month and honestly I only gave my life up to God, committed myself to Him, in the last 2 years. It was Pastor Spell that finally reached me and brought me to the place I am at now. And I will be forever grateful. I suggest to you if you are struggling then use the Church resources, use the past sermons, watch the services online, stream the live services on Sunday mornings, evenings and Tuesday evenings. You will be blessed, that I assure you. And commit yourself to reading the Bible! I decided to begin at the beginning and read the Bible from the first page to the last. And do you know what I found (and I've never been a big reader)? I am starting Proverbs now and I already find myself anxious to start again and try to understand it more, and more. I'm telling you it will draw you in. But that's for another story.
God Bless you all and especially those who may be on the fence, those who have just not made the commitment yet, or those who just have so many unanswered questions. I feel for you and I love you because I know where you are, I know the feelings. And Jesus Christ loves you. And He knows how you feel too. But there is a life for you that you should embrace. There is Love, Grace, Mercy, Forgiveness. A new life. Just think about it.